It was news that sparked controversy last week, but now Spokane Mayor David Condon says he is declining a salary increase.
Mayor Condon said city officials strive everyday to keep the City Government affordable and said he is declining the salary increase to show support for the ongoing public discussion about the cost of city government.
Mayor Condon's decision comes after he received scrutiny from the City Council last week.
In the proposed budget, Mayor Condon would make close to $180,000. To put that in perspective, that's more than Governor Jay Inslee's salary.
"As we have started this conversation over the last week, as I've talked to our citizens, the cost of government is at the top of their mind and it is mine," Condon said.
The 2011 voter-approved City Charter states that the mayor will make as much money as the highest paid city employee. Right now, that's Police Chief Frank Straub.
At first, the Mayor pushed back against the Council's complaints, citing the law, saying he was legally obligated to take the increase. But now, he says, under legal review he has figured out a way to not take the raise.